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Pole Level II w/ Alicia

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LEVEL II IS FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS ONLY. YOU WILL LEARN ADVANCED SPINS, CLIMBS AND INVERTS.

INSTRUCTORS – JENNIFER KENNEDY AND ALICIA

WHAT TO WEAR:

– RAZORBACK TANK TOP OR T- SHIRT *SPINE MUST BE COVERED

– SKORTS  OR SHORT *SO LEGS CAN GRIP THE POLE

– SNEAKERS OR ANKLE BOOTS *ALL SHOES MUST HAVE ANKLE SUPPORT 

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Now offering Zumba Toning!!!!

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    Zumba® ToningZumba® Toning Classes – When it comes to body sculpting, the Zumba Toning program raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba® moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. The Zumba Toning class is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast.

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ABOUT ZUMBA® FITNESS

Are you ready to party yourself into shape? That’s exactly what the Zumba® program is all about. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.

WHAT IS ZUMBA?


Zumba® Fitness is the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive.

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba program has grown to become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 10 million people of all shapes, sizes and ages taking weekly Zumba classes in over 90,000 locations across more than 110 countries.

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ZUMBA® CLASSES OFFERED AT JMK

  1. Zumba®Zumba® Classes – When participants see a Zumba class in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! There’s no other fitness class like a Zumba® Fitness-Party. It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.
  2. Zumba Gold®Zumba Gold® Classes – The Zumba Gold program targets the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers. It takes the Zumba® formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. What stays the same are all the elements the Zumba® Fitness-Party is known for: the zesty Latin music, like salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton; the exhilarating, easy-to-follow moves; and the invigorating, party-like atmosphere. Active older adults want camaraderie, excitement and fitness as a regular part of their weekly schedule. The Zumba Gold class is the perfect fit. It’s a dance-fitness class that feels friendly, and most of all, fun.
  3. Zumba® ToningZumba® Toning Classes – When it comes to body sculpting, the Zumba Toning program raises the bar (or rather, the toning stick). It combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba® moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party. Students learn how to use lightweight, maraca-like Toning Sticks to enhance rhythm and tone all their target zones, including arms, abs, glutes and thighs. The Zumba Toning class is the perfect way for enthusiasts to sculpt their bodies naturally while having a total blast.
  4. Zumbatomic®Zumbatomic® Classes – Designed exclusively for kids (ages 4-12), Zumbatomic classes are rockin’, high-energy fitness-parties packed with specially choreographed, kid-friendly routines and all the music kids love, like hip-hop, reggaeton, cumbia and more. Parents love the Zumbatomic program because of the effects it has on kids — increasing their focus and self-confidence, boosting metabolism and enhancing coordination. The Zumbatomic program rounds out family fitness goals by giving parents a great reason to head to the gym – for themselves, for their kids, for a totally fun family experience. Register Online Here

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Guess What? No Dance Background Required!

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No Dance Background Required!!!

Guess What?! No Dance Background Required!

Hello to all the Sexy Ladies out there!  Yeah, I’m talking to you!  My name is Kerri.  I’ve been a Pole Fitness Instructor with the JM Kennedy Dance Studio since January of 2010.  I am certified through NETA.

So you’d like to know how I became part of this amazing studio?  Well, here it is!

It all started in February of 2007.  I’d always wanted to take some sort of dance class, maybe hip hop or jazz but I was 27 at the time….where would I begin?  I was driving home from work one day and heard an advertisement on the radio about Pole Fitness classes.  That would be perfect!  I made a mental note to call as soon as I got home.   I got the class schedule and came to the next walk-in class available.  Now, mind you, I had no sort of dance training or taken a dance class before in my life!   I walked into the 3rd week of the session surrounded by other students that seemed like professionals to me (Airplane…what’s an airplane?).  I couldn’t find my right from my left.  I’m not going to lie…it intimidated me.  But I hung in there and after a few classes I started feeling comfortable and couldn’t get enough of it.  After 6 classes there was a noticeable difference in my appearance.  I started getting comments such as “where’d you get those muscles?”  And we can’t forget the infamous bruising…”how’d you get those bruises”.  (I’ve learned that everyone has their own way of answering those questions).

After taking a few sessions at the studio, I got to know Jen and I started helping her out in the office.   Jen is a motivator and the saying, Never Say Never, definitely applies to her classes.  Elevator, I could never do an elevator…by the 6th week I’d guess about 90% of the students are doing elevators.  She also motivated me to start teaching my own Pole Fitness classes.  Did I ever think in my wildest dreams I would be a Pole Fitness Instructor one day? No way!  But here I am, teaching not only Basic Pole for Beginners but Jen also allowed me to create a Pole Level I class for the women out there not ready for Pole II. 

A little bit more about me….I am a proud mom to a 19-month old boy.  During the day I work as a secretary in Downtown Providence.  I am also part of JM Kennedy’s Fringe Dancers who have performed at various venues.  The Fringe Dancers specialize in Cabaret and Burlesque performances.  We most recently performed at the Hi-Hat in Davol Square for a Valentine’s Burlesque Show which included singing, pole dancing, chair dancing and belly dancing. 

So, take it from someone with no dance background.  This is the place to start!  It’s never too late.  I’ve seen all sizes and ages take class at the JM Kennedy Dance Studio.  I’ve seen mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, friends, co-workers and even the occasional being of the male species.  We do not discriminate at the JM Kennedy Dance Studio!

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What is Pole Dancing?

Pole dancing is a form of performing art, a combination of dancing and gymnastics. A similar pole (Chinese poles) is used in cabaret/circus and stage performance in a non-erotic environment, in which context the style and moves are very different. Advanced pole dancing requires significant strength, flexibility and endurance. Upper body and core strength are important to proficiency, which takes time to develop.[1]

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Pole dancing is now regarded as a recognized form of exercise[2] and can be used as both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.[3]

It is probable pole dancing started in America in the 1920s depression, with dancers in traveling shows using a tent pole as a prop.[citation needed] The relationship to Chinese poles is unclear, Chinese troupes performed in Barnum and Bailey’s Circus from 1914 but they did not perform on poles.[5]

Pole dancing gradually began evolving from tents to bars as burlesque became more acceptable in the 1950s.[citation needed] In the 1980s pole dancing and striptease became popular in Canada and then in the USA.[citation needed]

The pole

Standard pole

JMK Basic Pole Instructor's, Kristin & Kerri, playing on the poles

The standard dance pole typically consists of a hollow steel or brass pole with circular cross section, running from floor to ceiling. Affixing at the ceiling gives more stability, but is not always realized, especially at night clubs with higher ceilings or at transportable devices. In the United States, the diameter is usually around 5 cm (2 inches), allowing it to be gripped comfortably with one hand. In Asia, the diameter is usually slightly smaller at 45 mm or less.

Another common pole is the spinning pole; as its name suggests, it is similar to a standard dance pole but spins using ball bearings. The purpose of this pole is to create better momentum and higher rates of speed, in order to have a greater dramatic effect.

Home versions are available which may be used for practice or aerobic exercise. Materials of which poles are made include polished stainless steelchromed steel, brasspowder coating, and Titanium coating. Poles can also be made of acrylic glass which allows use of “glow poles” with LED lighting effects. Each material surface has different gripping properties. Polished steel is one of the slickest materials, which provides for a faster, more fluid dance; brass poles provide more friction, allowing for an easier hold with hands or thighs and creating a slow, sensual dance style.

Poles can be held in place by using threading to brace them against a ceiling joist. There are also poles that do not require construction and can be set up using tension. Stationary, rotating, and switchable versions are available.

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Show pole

There are now poles available for use in clubs that provide visual effects. These poles are made with clear plastics and contain water, glitter, and special reflective materials which stand out when used in conjunction with strobe lighting, as well as lighting hidden in their base joists. However, these poles are not favorable to a dancer wanting to achieve better pole tricks, as they bend slightly and have a tendency to create a friction burn when you slide down them with any sort of speed.

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Pole dance as exercise

Pole dancing has gained popularity as a form of exercise, with increased awareness of the benefits to general strength and fitness.[6]This form of exercise increases core and general body strength by using the body itself as resistance, while toning the body as a whole.

Pole dancing as an exercise is very similar to Mallakhamb, an Indian men’s sport with no erotic component, but there is no evidence of a link.

A growing number of men are incorporating pole dancing into their fitness programmes.[7][8] In Australia, the UK and the US, dance studios are beginning to offer classes just for men. And in China, 2007’s National Pole Dancing competition was won by a man. Dance instructor Zhang Peng, 23, beat a host of women dancers to the top prize.[9]

Pole dance competitions

There is a growing community who are trying to get pole dancing taken seriously as a sport and art form. There are local pageants held in venues such as Australia, France, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the UK. More recently, amateur pole dance competitions have been held. These are strictly non-nude and non-stripping, and focus on pole dance as an athletic and artistic form of dance and exercise. The first “Miss Pole Dance World” competition [1] was held in november 2005, and Reiko [2] Suemune from Japan won the championship.

A group of advocates are even pushing for pole dancing to be represented as a test event in the 2012 London Olympics.[10][11] But because this is a relatively new trend, scoring for competitions is not standardised, while names of the techniques vary among different clubs in different regions.[12]

In Australia, “Miss Pole Dance Australia” was started in 2006. Danielle Asher took home the first prize in the latest 2010 competition, and Kelly Choi was first runner up.[13]The first US Pole Dance Federation (USPDF) Championship was held on March 19, 2009, first place was taken by Jenyne Butterfly.[14] The 2010 winner of “Miss Pole Dance Canada” was Crystal Lai, who went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the worlds. [15]Miss Pole Dance World 2009, which was held in Jamaica and opened to all nationalities, was won by Australian Felix Cane.[16] The 2010 event will take place in Zurich, Switzerland.[17] Miss Pole Dance World 2010 which was held in Switzerland and opened to all nationalities, was won by Australian Felix Cane.

Pole dance in the media

Like other trends, pole dancing has its share of celebrity following. Actress Sheila Kelley was so taken with the sport, which she learned while preparing for her role inDancing at the Blue Iguana, that she launched her own pole-based exercise programme.[18]

Rima Fakih‘s victory at Miss USA 2010, including the fact that she had won a pole-dancing competition three years earlier, attracted media attention.

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